The GPs and nurses provide ongoing monitoring for patients with coronary heart disease. They also offer help and lifestyle advice and resources for those who smoke or are obese and therefore at risk of developing the disease.Blood Pressure Monitoring
Patients who require a routine blood pressure check can be seen by the Health Care Assistant. However we have found that this is best not to be done at the same time when patients are having blood tests done as this can increase readings. The test involves a cuff being placed around your upper arm and inflated; you will feel the pressure increase. A reading is then taken of your systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Readings should ideally be below 140 (systolic) and 80 (diastolic). BUT please be aware that Diabetic patients will have a lower desirable blood pressure threshold.
Your results will be forwarded to the GP who will discuss them with you at your next routine appointment.